Reportedly wanted by Real Madrid & Spurs, youngster now linked with 'revival' move

AC Milan

Coming of age through the most difficult period AC Milan have seen in decades, Mattia De Sciglio is at a crossroads.

Questions currently surround Mattia De Sciglio’s future at AC Milan according to Calciomercato, with Genoa said to be eyeing up a revival operation.

Once viewed as a great hope for a Rossoneri side built on homegrown young talent, De Sciglio’s path as a professional has grown increasingly complicated down the years.

Bursting onto the scene in the 2012-13 campaign under Massimiliano Allegri, the Italian caught the eye through 25 Serie A starts, playing freely despite his tender years.

Eventually, expectations crept in, as did the injury bug. De Sciglio began to suffer last term after comparisons with the legendary Paolo Maldini, also experiencing frequent injuries.

That said, De Sciglio remained linked to the likes of Real Madrid. Sportmediaset detailed interest from Carlo Ancelotti last March, while the Express claimed Manchester United were also tracking him.

Perhaps De Sciglio’s downturn was at the time viewed as a blip in a promising career, coming at a time in which Milan were in the midst of upheaval not seen for years.

Tottenham Hotspur seemingly didn’t count it against him. Sky Sport 24 via TMW reported in August that Spurs requested De Sciglio in exchange when Milan enquired after Roberto Soldado.

No move ultimately transpired, and the 22-year-old finds himself mired in another tough season at San Siro.

Kept on the treatment table since January, De Sciglio wasn’t nearly effective enough when he was available in the first half of the campaign and reportedly faces an inquest.

Calciomercato have claimed that Real Madrid’s attention has waned, leaving less illustrious Genoa looking at a “revival” operation similar to the one they’ve conducted with M’Baye Niang.

This is a massive turnaround for De Sciglio considering the giants who were reportedly chasing him in 2014, and one that underlines his predicament.

It’s suggested that both Milan and the young full-back aren’t on board with Genoa’s plan, though everything could change should the Rossoneri miss out on Europe. As of now, it looks likely the San Siro side will indeed fall short.

Back in January, De Sciglio’s path in the early part of his career was compared with that of countryman Davide Santon, who initially found success at Inter before dropping off and moving to Newcastle.

The Tyneside switch helped Santon get back on track, though what will become of De Sciglio at the stage remains unclear.

The chance to join a Real Madrid or Tottenham seems to have passed him by for the time being, and how he proceeds from here may be crucial in determining the trajectory of his career.

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